25 years at EGS

We would like to wish our Workshop Manager Barry a big Congratulations for serving 25 years here at EGS. He is in the elite club of three now, joining our MD Andy and Service Manager Steve. I’m sure there will be many more to come as we have several long standing members of staff that have been here 15 years plus!

As for Barry, he started his career with an apprenticeship from 1980 to 1984 at Paxman Diesels (now MAN B&W Diesel LTD) to train as a Maintenance Fitter. He left Paxman Diesels in 1989 when he joined EGS as an Engine Fitter.

In 1999, when EGS decided to concentrate solely on governing equipment, Barry, with great product, process and company knowledge, was appointed Workshop Manager. Due to the high level of skill required to plan and organise the large number of projects we take on, in addition to managing the technicians’ workload and ensuring each job is completed not only to a high quality standard, but also at the right pace in order to meet customer deadlines, Barry is a strong asset to the company. Furthermore, he has contributed significantly to the coordination of the stores and the implementation of our job and stock management software thereby considerably improving the efficiency with which jobs are completed.

“Barry is an exceptionally valued member of staff and has always been driven in his work, he is an asset to EGS”. Quote from Wayne Ward – Director.

 

August blog …

Well as the summer comes to a close and autumn is upon us, I can reflect back on a great working summer. As a whole we have been quite busy with various jobs and our engineers and technicians have been happy to work overtime.

We have a number of great Governor Technicians,  who’s daily job is to rebuild new and overhauled governors. This month I would like to introduce to you a couple of our Governor Technicians.

Chris

Chris has worked at EGS for 14 years – After leaving school Chris took an Apprenticeship at The South Kent College of Technology in Dover. He studied Marine Engineering for 4 years. This intensive training course taught him everything he needed to know about working on a vessels engine at sea.

Chris has gained valuable experience and knowledge over the years, working in various marine and engineering roles.

Chris has keen interests in photography, history and architecture, he often enjoys finding out about how buildings were made, present and past.

Mick

Mick has been with EGS for 5 years now – After working 20 years as a service engineer the long hours and working away became tiresome, so Mick gave up his job at Scottish & Newcastle Brewers and found his way to Essex Governors.

Mick originally trained at Paxman Diesels doing an apprenticeship through the Colchester Institute as an Engine Fitter Tester, and through this course is where he met our MD Andy, little did he know at the time he would be working for him some 25 years later!

In his spare time Mick enjoys watching live motorcycle drag racing , participating in friendly football matches and cycling. He also likes travelling and exploring new countries.

Other news this month …

Well done to Michelle who completed a half marathon in London on 08.09.13, she raised just over £250 for a Leukaemia and Lymphoma charity.

We will be attending the IMPA show in London on 11.09.13

The Fantastic Office Girls

As it has been just another normal working month this month, I have decided to write a feature on our fantastic office girls. As being the first point of contact and job co-ordinators,  as well as everything else they do, the company would not function without them!

Office Manager – Michelle

Michelle has worked for EGS nearly 11 years now, first starting in September 2002, she joined the company as an office administrator. She then quickly went on to looking after the company accounts and becoming office manager. Michelle is now working alongside our workshop manger Barry, managing all Governor related jobs.

Michelle is extremely sporty as she is a keen football enthusiast and is a member of a ladies football team, she also plays in a netball summer league, and is currently training for a half marathon in preparation for charity event ‘Run to the Beat’.

Accounts Manager – Jess

Jess is the newest addition to our office team and has easily fitted in with the girls and her working role. She has a substantial financial background and gained numerous accounting qualifications as she has been attending courses for just over 10 years!

Over the past few years Jess has enjoyed travelling, especially spending 5 months exploring countries in Asia. Now she is ready to settle down as exciting times come ahead for her as being newly engaged and buying her first home.

Spares Coordinator – Sarah

Sarah originally joined EGS in 2009 on a temporary contract to cover maternity leave.  Coming straight from college this was her first real full time job and since then she has never looked back. Sarah plays an important role in the office as she looks after all incoming spares jobs and works alongside our spares director Wayne.

Sarah is a keen cyclist and just participated in a 50 mile charity bike ride around Colchester, she completed the course in 3 hours 30 minutes and raised money for St Helena Hospices new radio therapy unit.

Stock Controller/Administrator – Jacqueline

Jacqueline has been with EGS for 7 years now , coming straight from College this was her first full time job, she joined as an office administrator and quickly learned the ropes. Along the way Jacqueline picked up more responsibilities which led onto her becoming part of the Governor department, helping to co-ordinate all Governor jobs. Now since having her son last year Jacqueline works on a part time basis, looking after our stock levels and general administration.

Jacqueline’s spare time is completely occupied by looking after her little son Jack who is 15 months old.

Quality Control Officer – Marie

My official title is Quality Control Officer but my work responsibilities go further than that. I started with the company in March 2003 as an office administrator, I then took charge of looking after the health and safety as well as all spares jobs. In 2009 I took 10 months out for maternity leave then returned back on a part time basis before leaving again on maternity leave in 2011 to have my second daughter. I am now back part time looking after health and safety, quality control and the added responsibility of marketing. This involves looking after our website and all other social media pages, plus much more. I am really enjoying this new challenge.

All my spare time is taken up looking after my two beautiful girls aged 2 and 3 years, they definitely keep me busy!

A quote from our Director – Wayne Ward

“All the office girls do a fantastic job, they are always so enthusiastic about their work and do a really great job, we couldn’t ask for better”

 

If you would like to find out more about our staff, follow the link http://www.egsgov.com/company/team

 

 

 

 

 

 

A busy month for our Training Department

This month our Training supervisor Ivor has been extremely busy delivering governor training courses. All our courses are tailor made to suit the individual needs of the company in hand. Our extremely knowledgeable training instructors can deliver any kind of governor training, in-house, onsite or here at Essex Governors Services, where you will be thoroughly looked after.

Provided on our course held at EGS works, we offer 2-3 full days intensive teaching on the typical Woodward type governors, theory sessions, hands on practical training, written literature plus a knowledge of information on a memory stick to keep, also topical discussions and a multiple choice test paper. Furthermore included are two nights bed and breakfast hotel accommodation, and collection from and to the hotel and lunch.

At the end of the course each candidate will be presented with a certificate. We also ask all our course attendees to complete a course feedback questionnaire of which we can truly say are always complementary!

Visit our webpage to find out more http://www.egsgov.com/services/training-courses

… Other news this month …… Well done to our EGS team who attended the Tour de Tendering charity bike ride, they rode the 20 mile course around Harwich in aid of St Helena Hospice, all money was donated to this good cause.

We have just launched our new Freephone number  …. 0808 168 6021 … Please use this number if you are having any technical difficulties or in need of help refitting a governor after overhaul, as this will save the expense of your phone call and possibly an Engineer!!

Incoming Jobs

From month to month its hard to tell what we are going to be busy working on, only a small amount of our work is planned for the month, which is usually retrofit projects, larger quantities of overhaul jobs or for scheduled sea trials or working with turbine shut downs. As in this industry we don’t get much prior warning. So its down to our managers to deal with all jobs efficiently and work out the most effective way to distribute the work to ensure all jobs go to plan and get out the door on time!

I will take today as an example, as we have an array of different jobs received;

After speaking to the office staff and looking at our system, I can see today we have received  quite a few spares orders for items like Woodward UG8 & PSG spares, repair kits, motors, and controls. Also orders for both mechanical and digital governors . Reports have been written for three governors that have been overhauled and so costs need to be submitted to the customer for approval to proceed.  An order has been received to overhaul four Woodward PG-PL governors being delivered in two days for a quick turnaround.

An urgent onsite engineer is required for tomorrow to solve a hunting problem on an offshore marine support vessel.

Another engineer is required to attend a Tug near Glasgow in two days to assist with setting up our overhauled governors and to attend sea trials.

Plus enquiries by phone and email to which then written quotations are emailed to customers.

We never have a set busy period or a quiet period unlike some industries they can generally tell what months they expect to be more in demand, unfortunately we can’t.

The office staff who deal with the incoming jobs enjoy their work as each day is different from the other.

‘Its hard to tell what each day will bring, but I like it that way, as there’s never a dull moment as a lot of the time we are working to deadlines so our orders can meet their destinations on time’  Quote by Sarah Amoss – Office Administrator

 

 

 

‘Governor Overhaul Month!’

March seems to have been ‘Governor Overhaul Month’ for EGS as more and more units pile in the door from all industries.

We appear to have had a large flurry of governor overhauls, as technicians busily work overtime to ensure all governors reach our customers on time and before the Easter break. Our technicians have been working on an array of Woodward type PGA, PSG, UG8, EGB & TG Governors.

Two main engine governors type PGA-TL were overhauled for the RFA Argus as the Vessel is in refit at A & P Falmouth, Sea Trails are scheduled for the end of May.

On the rail network side, we urgently overhauled governors for Mendip Rail and also carried out standard overhauls for DB Schenker.

A full set of steam turbine actuators & controls have been fully overhauled and tested and returned back to a British Sugar site.

This March we have despatched a record number of Governors, so to say thank you to our hard working staff, they were all treated to a ‘Fish & Chip’ lunch, which was very much enjoyed by all!

Service Department in high demand

This February it has been nice to see lots of work coming in from brand new customers in the UK. From a rail preservation society to a waterborne transport logistics company!  Our Service department are also in very high demand this month.

Overhauls

Our biggest job this month worked on by our governor technicians was to fully overhaul four very large steam valves,  the valves each weighing around one tonne  were fully stripped, cleaned, inspected, rebuilt  and tested, they will be fitted back on to their steam turbines at the waste management site.

A governor that we don’t see very often is a Regulateurs Europa 303, this came into us for overhaul from a Rail preservation society, the  Ardleigh Governor was around 54 years old, but once fully overhauled looked as good as new and was delivered back to be fitted onto its steam locomotive in Derbyshire.

Another governor that rarely comes into our works is the Haganute governor, two of these governors were completely overhauled and delivered back to a luxury cruise liner.

Service

Some of our onsite jobs this month include the following;

Our engineer Jon spent  10 days on board a lavish cruise liner sailing the carribbean, the job entailed sorting out the technical issues concerning the start sequence on a 2301d control that needed to be resolved.

Emergency call out for our service engineer to attend a UK offshore safety vessel, the main engine had failed in service so our engineer had to diagnose control problems. Vital spares were supplied from our stock to enable the repair of the main engine governor drive. Once repairs were complete, the vessel continued back out to sea.

Engineer Steve attended a naval vessel to commence basin trials on the engine followed by sea trials to ensure all was running properly.

Other

We are currently in the process of organising our charity bike ride event, and this year looking at participating in The Tour de Tendering. On this particular event we can choose our own charity to donate to.

A jam-packed January for the service department

EGS are looking forward to 2013 being another busy and eventful year.  We welcome our new customers and will continue serving existing customers with our repeatedly high standard.

Spares

The spares department have been busy in particular fulfilling a large order to one of our customers in Dubai.  This month 75% of the spares orders have been shipped to overseas destinations.

Overhauls & New builds

Governor Technician Chris has been building 2off Woodward EGB58P new build Governors for a couple of our good marine based clients. These governors are typically fitted to Wartsila Vasa 32 engines.

A rare governor that we don’t see many of these days is the KKK ‘P’ type Governor, this came in for overhaul. This governor is usually  fitted to a Siemens Turbine, with its function being to remotely control the speed of the turbine.

Service

Some of our onsite service work this month include;

Our first job of the year was for a new customer from Ireland who contacted us regarding a problem they had on board their vessel. Our Engineer Jon went to investigate the intermittent fault on one of the boats generators. After connecting and monitoring the input and outputs on a new Woodward 2301D control the problem was eventually found on this diesel electric boat as a run signal problem.

Yet another new customer approached EGS concerning a steam turbine engine problem. Upon inspection it was found that the turbine wouldn’t shut down properly, the problem was with the hydraulic actuator currently fitted. This was then removed examined, cleaned, greased and refitted. Problem rectified at this Paper Mill.

Our engineer also flew out to Casablanca to board a cruise liner that is currently having an engine control upgrade. The job was to install, set up and commission a new Woodward 2301D Control.

Other

We have just recently renewed our IMPA membership (International Marine Purchasing Association). If you are not familiar with IMPA have a look at their website http://impa.net/

All our Governor packing boxes have been upgraded to a new, more robust wooden case, this new resilient style should prove to be extra sturdy preventing any mistreatment that should occur by those freight forwarding handlers!

We welcome back Jacqueline to the office as she returns part time from a years maternity leave.

This year at EGS our aim is to plan and partake in a couple of worthwhile charity events, and organise more social team gatherings!

Merry Christmas to you all, from EGS

With the end of the year fast approaching, we have all been working hard to tie up the urgent jobs that need to be shipped out before the Christmas holidays.

What a year it has been for EGS …….. New staff, new office refurbishments, new logo, new website, new clients, new retrofit projects…. The list could go on….

 

All EGS staff enjoyed the Christmas party which was held on Saturday 15th December at Colchester United Stadium.  What a fantastic night this was, with excellent food, comedy club and a disco. A great way to help wrap up 2012.

 

Our Christmas close down will be from Monday 24th Dec, returning back on Wednesday 2nd Jan 2013.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Best wishes for 2013!!

 

Highlights from November 2012

After a bumper October, November has been a steady month for EGS.

Overhauls

Amongst our usual array of governor overhauls we have carried out a full overhaul on two Woodward PGA Load sharing governors, which are now obsolete. Even though they are no longer sold we are still able to keep them running, which means the RFA Orangeleaf governors can keep working for another few years, until they have a retrofit.

Service

Our engineer has visited the Putford Trader at Gt.Yarmouth to solve a problem with the Woodward PGA onboard, he corrected the in balance speeds between the two main engines.

UK Crude oil refinery – Our engineer set to work a turbine governor 2301 control run up after maintenance work carried out on turbine with minor adjustments being made.

We were asked to supply governing equipment on an urgent basis to newly refurbished cruise liner Saga Sapphire.  The vessel was having major engine problems as the main digital controls had failed

Retrofit

Over the last month our electrical engineers have been working on building a Peak 150 Electronic governing system for a steam turbine out in the middle east. This system will upgrade and replace the existing mechanical governor fitted.  The Peak 150 stands will be interfaced into existing control system, they are robust and future proof. The new arrangement can be operated remotely by a laptop and fitted with an easy automatic start facility.

The Peak 150 stands are currently going through their final configurations and tests to ensure the setup is correct before they are shipped next week.

Other

Once a month we at EGS like to do something fun, and this month we had ‘Fish & chip Friday’. All staff were treated to their choice from the local chip shop. It was very much enjoyed by all!

Our Workshop Manager has now moved up into the main office from down in the workshop, this is now making communication much easier and he is enjoing being in our newly refurbished office with a great view down onto his department.